Conclusion: ‘An acceptable guide’

Stuart Eagles

in After Ruskin

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199602414
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725050 | DOI:
Conclusion: ‘An acceptable guide’

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The consequences of World War, the refocused priorities of a rebuilding society, and the remoteness of the modern world from Victorian language and ideas, combined to diminish the significance of Ruskin's influence in the years which followed the celebrations of the centenary of his birth in 1919. The institutions in which Ruskin's ideas had flourished had been altered or outdated by the increasing assumption of responsibility for social and educational welfare by municipal and national government. Ruskin's influence had been absorbed such that few people even remained conscious of it. Yet, for fifty years from 1870 to 1920, Ruskin's ideas and example inspired some of the key architects of civic, social and political reform to confront the challenges he had so eloquently and lastingly exposed them to.

Keywords: Ruskin; social reform; political economy; Ruskin centenary; legacy; declining influence; inter-war Britain

Chapter.  4518 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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